Tithebarn Link Road open
Posted on: 13 April 2018
A new route linking Exeter with developments to the east of the city has been completed and has opened to traffic.
The Tithebarn Link Road provides an alternative route avoiding M5 Junction 29, connecting the city and the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, including the developments of Cranbrook, Skypark and the Exeter Science Park.
The route includes a 60 metre span pedestrian and cycle bridge alongside the existing bridge just north of Junction 29 of the M5. The bridge opened for use in February.
Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste, said: “The first phase of the road, between Cumberland Way and Anning Drive, opened in 2015, but the entire route is now open, completing the connection between Exeter and major developments to the east of Exeter. This link is another important step in supporting the growth of Devon’s economy and it’s another example of partnership working to help deliver that.”
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “This is a huge improvement to walking and cycling routes between the city and its eastern outskirts, to make sustainable travel a realistic and convenient option. Removing the southern footpath on the existing Tithebarn Lane overbridge has created more room for two-way traffic, and the new bridge provides a dedicated crossing for pedestrians and cyclists which complements Redhayes Bridge by creating a greater choice of direct routes over the motorway.”
The link road and pedestrian cycle bridge scheme has been funded with over £4 million from Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund, as well as developer contributions.
Ian Parsons, Senior Planning Manager for Highways England, said: “We’re committed to working with local partners to deliver specific projects such as the Tithebarn Link Road and pedestrian cycle bridge scheme, which will make a real difference to communities and support regional economies.
“In this case, we are pleased we have been able to support Devon County Council and contribute to growth in the Exeter area by helping to deliver a cycle and pedestrian bridge which provides a vital link for sustainable transport, for both new communities and businesses.
“The improvements are vital to accommodate the extra journeys the developments will create and we will continue to use our Growth and Housing Fund and work with a range of local stakeholders to unlock further development sites around the country.”
In order to support sustainable transport, through traffic on Blackhorse Lane has been removed. This means that, in combination with the cycle route improvements on Cumberland Way, pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from over 2km of enhanced connectivity between Cranbrook and the city. Anning Road, which served as an interim link road, will be traffic calmed to retain the low speed, campus-style environment at Exeter Science Park.
The Tithebarn Link Road follows over £100m of transport infrastructure investment in recent years to support growth in the East of Exeter area, including the development of Cranbrook rail station, Clyst Honiton bypass and improvements to Junctions 29 and 30 of the M5.
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